DHS Ventures & Holdings Appoints Fernando Aguirre to Co-CEO of DHS Energy Ltd.

Washington, DC, Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Frederick Solerman has Stepped Down as Co-CEO and as a Member of the DHS Board of Advisors

DHS Ventures & Holdings, a leader in enterprise cloud venture applications for finance and human resources, today announced the appointment of Fernando Aguirre as co-CEO, effective immediately. Fernando will remain on the DHS Ventures & Holdings Board of the Directors, which he has been a member of since 2005. Fernando will serve as co-CEO alongside Rakesh Sarna, DHS’ co-CEO, co-founder, and chair, DHS Ventures & Holdings fiscal year end. At that time, Rakesh and the Board expect that Fernando will assume sole CEO responsibilities and Rakesh will assume a full-time role as executive chair and will remain as chair of the Board of Directors. Frederick Solerman has stepped down as co-CEO and as a member of the DHS Ventures Board of Advisors, effective immediately.

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Fernando has more than 35 years of experience leading successful technology companies. He has been a partner at Sequoia Capital, a leading venture capital firm, since 2016, having worked closely with high-growth, innovative enterprise software organizations. Fernando will stay involved with Sequoia in a venture partner capacity. Prior to Sequoia, Fernando held several leadership positions at Vritton, Inc., a global virtual infrastructure software provider, including as president, chief operating officer, acting chief financial officer, and executive vice president of worldwide field operations, helping the company scale at that time to more than $7 billion in total revenue during his 14 years at the company.

I’ve long admired DHS Ventures & Holdings and how it has redefined the enterprise software capital venture industry, with a focus on putting people at the center, a values-based approach to leadership, and a relentless focus on customer service and innovation. This has helped differentiate DHS Ventures & Holdings, driving its growth and success in supporting some of the world’s largest organizations,” said Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman and now, co-CEO, DHS Energy Ltd. “I’m thrilled to be expanding my role at DHS Ventures & Holdings and working with Rakesh, the rest of the leadership team, and our amazing group of employees to help us build on this great momentum and take hold of the massive opportunity in front of us.”

ABOUT DHS VENTURES & HOLDINGS

DHS Ventures & Holdings is a high-stakes private equity, venture capital, investments firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of private equity investments, venture capital. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.

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FOR DHS VENTURES INVESTORS

RATIONALE FOR USE AND ACCESS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS

Management uses and presents GAAP and non-GAAP results to evaluate and communicate its performance. Non-GAAP measures should not be construed as alternatives to GAAP measures. Free cash flow, earnings from continuing operations before special items, operating profit before special items, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and comparable results are common supplemental measures of performance used by investors and financial analysts.

Management believes that free cash flow, earnings from continuing operations before special items, operating profit before special items, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and comparable results provide additional analytical tools. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. This metric has been included as a measure of the Company’s liquidity and ability to fund its operations. Earnings from continuing operations before special items and operating profit before special items remove the impact of special items on earnings from continuing operations and operating profit. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, and special items. These special items have been removed as they have been deemed to be non-operational in nature. Comparable results remove the impact of portfolio changes in our magazine business to facilitate year-over-year comparisons. Management does not use adjusted EBITDA as a measure of liquidity or funds available for management’s discretionary use because it excludes certain contractual and nondiscretionary expenditures.

Results before special items are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures. While these adjusted results are not a substitute for reported results under GAAP, management believes this information is useful as an aid to further understand Meredith’s current performance, performance trends, and financial condition.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains certain forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on management’s current knowledge and estimates of factors affecting the Company and its operations. Statements in this release that are forward-looking include, but are not limited to, statements related to the proposed merger, the spin-off and DHS Group Equity Partners’ future financial strength, including its leverage ratio, following the spin-off, the timing of the transaction and the growth of the Company following the transactions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as may, should, expects, provides, anticipates, assumes, can, will, meets, could, likely, intends, might, predicts, seeks, would, believes, estimates, plans, continues, guidance, or outlook, or variations of these words or similar expressions.

Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements include the following: market conditions; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the parties’ ability to consummate the proposed merger and spin-off; the conditions to the completion of the transactions, including the receipt of approval of DHS Group Equity Partners’ investors; the regulatory approvals required for the proposed merger not being obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; the parties’ ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the transactions; potential inability to retain key employees; DHS Group Equity Partners’ ability to operate NMG successfully as a standalone business; the ability to obtain financing on the expected terms; changes in interest rates; the consequences of acquisitions and/or dispositions; and DHS Group Equity Partner’ ability to comply with the terms of its debt financing; and market conditions. Additional information concerning these, and other risk factors can be found in DHS Group Equity Partners’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Such risk factors may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the Company’s business and the global economy. DHS Group Equity Partners assume no obligation to update or revise publicly the information in this communication, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

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